Thu, Oct 12, 9:27am by Staff Writer
The Bledisloe Cup has already been secured for another year by New Zealand. Leaving nothing for Australia to play for other than pride. They will be hoping to salvage some of that and boost their ratings in the World Rugby rankings, whilst the All Blacks will want to continue their dominance over their Tasman rivals.
Australia will take heart going into this match after they came extremely close to beating the All Blacks in Dunedin in Game 2. It took a try from Beauden Barrett in the dying minutes of the game to deny the Wallabies what would have been a historic win. The way the lost will have hurt even more than the result and they will be out for revenge in Brisbane.
The Wallabies are certainly up against it though, priced at $5.75 with William Hill. The unveiling of a first Indigenous Wallabies jersey for this game will have pride flowing through the veins of key player, Kurtley Beale. Since his return from Europe he has re-ignited the Wallabies back line in attack, although question marks still remain over his defensive capabilities.
A clean sweep of The Rugby Championship by the All Blacks has gone a long way to remove any doubt that they are the best team in world rugby. A drawn Series with the British and Irish Lions had raised some question marks but they have shown their true class by dominating the competition. As their focus now turns to reminding the northern hemisphere nations what it’s like to play the All Blacks individually, there is the small matter of keeping Australia in its place.
New Zealand have dominated the Wallabies for so long now children are growing up having never seen the Bledisloe Cup in Australian hands. With Australia not having won it since 2002. The Cup is already back in New Zealand and they will be expecting a third straight win priced at $1.14 with William Hill.
All the advantages appear to be with the All Blacks in the lead up to the game but the Wallabies have shown that they can come out fighting. It will take a performance similar to that in Dunedin but with a little added composure to get them across the line. That agonising loss must be used as a learning tool as Australia looks to regain a little of their rugby dignity against the All Blacks.
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